The Impact of Online Platforms on Labor Markets

Kartik K. Ganju, Geneviève Bassellier

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Abstract

Online platforms have been argued to lower search costs thus making them useful for employers to find employees and vice-versa. While a body of research has examined the effect of platforms on a number of metrics, the effect that they will have on local labor market metrics (such as effects on employment and wages) is not known. In this paper, we examine the effect of the staggered introduction of Craigslist across different Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the US. We provide evidence that rather than the platform increasing competition to the local workforce, the introduction of the platform raised both employment and wages for tradable jobs (defined as jobs that can be outsourced and performed from other locations) in the region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICIS 2017
Subtitle of host publicationTransforming Society with Digital Innovation
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
ISBN (Print)9780996683159
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event38th International Conference on Information Systems: Transforming Society with Digital Innovation, ICIS 2017 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Dec 10 2017Dec 13 2017

Publication series

NameICIS 2017: Transforming Society with Digital Innovation

Other

Other38th International Conference on Information Systems: Transforming Society with Digital Innovation, ICIS 2017
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
CitySeoul
Period12/10/1712/13/17

Keywords

  • Economics of information systems
  • Electronic marketplace
  • IT
  • Social change

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